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Cablegate: Netherlands: Demarche On Cessation of Violence In

Published: Thu 6 Oct 2005 10:57 AM
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UNCLAS THE HAGUE 002694
SIPDIS
SENSITIVE
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV PREF SU EAID NL
SUBJECT: NETHERLANDS: DEMARCHE ON CESSATION OF VIOLENCE IN
DARFUR
REF: SECSTATE 182626
1. (SBU) On October 4, Charge raised reftel points on the
need to counter the recent increase in violence in Sudan with
Hugo Siblesz, Director General of Political Affairs at the
MFA. Siblesz agreed that the situation was worrisome, and
that it was important for parties to weigh in with both the
GNU and the rebels to bring it back under control. He noted
that the Dutch were working primarily through the EU and the
AU, but would also look at ways to make their concerns known
directly.
2. (SBU) On October 5, POLOFF followed up with Hans Docter,
Deputy Head of the Sudan Task Force at the MFA. Docter
reacted with enthusiasm to the positions articulated in
reftel points and emphasized that the Dutch share our
concerns. Docter added that the Dutch intend to "turn up the
heat" on the GNU to restrain the jinjaweed.
3. (SBU) POLOFF asked Docter about Dutch PM Balkenende's
recent speech at the Abuja talks. Docter said that
Balkenende relished the opportunity to address the
participants and had urged continued participation in the
Abuja talks. Docter expected to receive a copy of the speech
soon, and promised to pass it to POLOFF.
BLAKEMAN
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